Herons home learning beginning June 1st

English Week- you need to do one English task a day. Start at task 1

Leading up to a “big write” on Friday:

Task 1  synonyms ( similar words) adventurous vocabulary for adjectives– grab a thesaurus!

Last week in task 4 and 5, you were asked to imagine a newly discovered animal ( by you)  so use this to help you now or otherwise start by describing it: Make a list of words which will help you with the big write later in the week:

10 marks: Appearance: (five things) ( don’t write big ( or humungus)  and blue)- instead –gargantuan, iridescent cobalt-blue wings.

10 marks: five things about habits/diet e.g   bugs- crunchy  invertebrates, freshly killed by piercing with its venomous fangs.

10 marks: five things about its habitat:  e.g deepest, darkest  South American rainforest, tallest jub-jub trees.

Task 1a quick finishers/ those who aren’t sure about verb tenses for the next task https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4y492p

Task 2 synonyms /adventurous vocabulary for verbs about your animal:Use PRESENT TENSE

10 marks: five things about how it moves e.g creeps

10 marks: five verbs to describe how it communicates e.g chitter-chatters, moans, guffaws

10 marks five verbs for its behaviour- gnashes its fangs, slashes its tail,sings lullabies

Task 2a Quick finishers/ those who want to practise their verb tense knowledge. Write your verbs in a different tense how about the passive or the past perfect?? (The past perfect is a verb tense which is used to show that an action took place once or many times before another point in the past. When he arrived, we had already started cooking

Task 3 Imagine you have been interviewed interviewed (past tense) by BBC nature presenter Chris Packham about YOUR new animal that you invented. Write at least five questions from the interviewer – using inverted commas and correct layout and  show emotion too and the replies you gave. Notice that my example is IN PAST TENSE!

 50 marks:  10  for adjectives, content ( from task 1 and 2), 10 for capitals; 10 for all other punctuation, 10 for speech layout ;10 for emotion.

Here is the start of mine- I came across a very unusual beetle and it got me thinking :

Chris Packham smiled at me and then looked into camera one and said in an upbeat way,

 “Welcome to Nature Watch. Tonight, I have with me gardening aficionado and wildlife watcher, Mrs Edwards who is going to tell us about the amazing, previously undiscovered creature she found in her garden recently.”

I licked my lips nervously,( having never been on national TV before),

 “Yes, I was just digging on my allotment, getting ready to plant my  courgettes out , as you do at this time of year, when this most enormous, luminous green beetle emerged from the soil and then flew into my face in a very aggressive manner.”

“Really?” replied Chris, appearing to be very interested, leaning forwards towards me. “Tell me, how large was this beetle and did it injure you- are those scars on your face from its attack?”



Task 4

Plan your report on your creature- READ first  the example attached of a year 6 jub-jub bird.

Make notes – don’t write it today!

  1. Introduction:  Where /when you found it PAST TENSE  (10 marks)( use your interview questions and perhaps last week’s work to help.
  2. Middle: Choose at least three things to write about PRESENT TENSE e.g  what it looks like/how it moves/reproduces/catches its prey/avoids predators/ something else.  (30 marks) Use task 1,2,3 to help you decide what to put in.
  3. Ending: What will happen to the animal in the FUTURE – might/could/will/should and what will you do?  (10 marks)

Task 5 Big write

 Use your plan to write/type for 40 minutes using your PLAN from yesterday. You will be credited for including the following:

20  marks: Sentence construction/ use of conjunctions, clauses

20 marks: Adventurous vocabulary

10 marks: Accurate and varied punctuation

10 marks: Introduction in PAST tense

30 marks: main report in PRESENT tense

10 marks:  ending in FUTURE tense

Week 6 Maths  is split by year group this week, and I know how much you love fractions…..(scroll down for y5)


1.Fraction revision (Hurray)

Remember how to change fractions so they have the same denominator at the bottom before you add/subtract them

year 6 fraction sheet 1 below

2. Find 21 sums!

Use the digits 2, 3, 4 and 5 to make a pair of fractions, both less than 1. Then write an addition of the two fractions. (YOU CAN  use each digit MORE THAN ONCE in each addition.) Find the total and record the addition. E.g. 2/5 + 2/3. Hint: If a fraction can be simplified (e.g. 2/4) then children  simplify it before performing the addition. E.g. 2/3 + 2/4 is 2/3 + ½

. Remember you can include doubles. E.g. 2/3 + 2/3. BUT 2/3 + 3/4 is the same addition as 3/4 + 2/3 so do not count it twice.

Their task is to find all the possible additions of proper fractions with a total of less than 1 and all the possible additions of proper fractions with a total of more than 1. Work systemically.

 Challenge is to find all 21 possibilities.

3.  Multiplying and dividing fractions

Remember that  3/4 × 1/2 = 3/8 and 2/3 × 1/2 = 2/6.We learnt the trick that to multiply pairs of fractions, we can just multiply the numerators together, then multiply the denominators together and simplify the answer where we can, e.g. we can simplify 2/6 to 1/3. 

Remember that the “x” sign means “of” so we are saying ¾ of a half.

To revise dividing fractions by whole numbers , watch this page and scroll down to look at the examples


Now do this abacus page:  Multiplying and dividing fractions page

Answers here

4.  Now multiply mixed numbers !

This website goes further than you need , but  try out the questions at the end. How far can you go?


5. Challenge of the week from bitesize for those of you who finish quickly/enjoy maths: mixed questions ( and answers)



Year 5 maths 

1.Remember equivalent fractions?  Do p48 easier if you need a reminder.

P48 easier



2. Adding and subtracting fractions- remember to change into equivalent fractions

Adding fractions easier

Adding fractions

3. Problem solving sheet here


Draw/paint/ collage/pastel/chalk a large picture of your animal you wrote about and label it. I need new art work for the school website and classroom walls.

Geography Locating oceans and countries around the world.

Research Charles Darwin’s long journey  aboard HMS Beagle to the Galpagos islands and return home. Show on a map where he went around the world. You can print out and  use this world outline if you wish (attached) or present it another way.  You must label some of the countries he went past and seas/oceans he crosses. Remember CAPITALS for proper nouns!!!  The best ones will go on the website.

10 marks: labelling 10 countries ( capital letters at start of proper nouns!!)

10 marks: labelling at least 5 seas/oceans  ( capital letters at start of proper nouns!!)

10 marks: additional geographical information- e.g hemispheres…

10 marks: underlined title and clear marking of route

10 marks: general presentation/care taken

Music and IT for this half term

This link is  to a site which teaches you how to use a virtual music maker – a bit like garage band but you don’t need an ipad- any laptop or tablet younger than 2015 should work it.  Start at the beginning with an introduction to “Team Tutti” , then scroll down to begin your lessons and see how far you can get over the weeks.  You can save your work and send it to me in later weeks.  I have done the first two tutorials myself now. You will soon be better at it than me, I know.


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